Not Nachos

July 26, 2011

Afternoon dance!! I had so much fun today. We’re building on our routine and I love it when multiple people know the same phrase – we can do it over and over and over – so fun!

I also have SHOES! Thank you to Brandy who sent me a pair from the back of her closet. They fit!


I biked on home and got started on dinner….which was interesting


I had hoped to make a Mexican feast, but too many things were off!


We’re having sliders with beef tomorrow, so I was going to do black beans and then I saw some tempeh in the fridge and thought I’d try that. NOT a fan of tempeh as “ground beef” – even with all the other fixins. These was also a new kind of tempeh (from Twin Oaks) and I didn’t really care for the flavor. It was almost sour?


I also didn’t have real tortilla chips and thought I’d use the Chocolate flavor. I really love this flavor and they did taste good – sort of molé! I love these chips, but they did not taste good by the end.


On top were bell peppers (cooked in chili powder with the tempeh), tomatoes, cheese, yogurt and pomegranate salsa that Sarah brought me from Texas! It was delicious by itself, but I didn’t think it went with all the other flavors


At least Matt loved the dinner!!


Normally my food philosophy is “If you like it by itself you’ll like it combined with other things” but this one just didn’t do it for me. Sort of like when I made avocado chocolate pudding. Blech! I still have nightmares about the stomachache that one gave me.


I had a handful of cherries as an appetizer and a handful of blueberries for dessert!

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1 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food July 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I am LOVING the chalkboard effect and your beautiful photos! So cool! 😀


2 KathEats July 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

It’s not an effect – I wrote that on our deck with chalk!! :)


3 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food July 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

hehe yes I know I meant the effect it has in the picture :)


4 KathEats July 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

It does look kind of like a font though!!


5 Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Nachos or not.. those look delicious and I would have MUCH rather had those for dinner!


6 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I had Mexican pasta for dinner– Great minds think alike 😉


7 Errign July 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I like the chocolate chips too, but I don’t like them with Mexican flavors – I’m not really sure what I like them with, but they’re good plain!

I don’t mind plain tempeh cooked like ground beef, but it has to be really crumbly – and then it’s okay with pasta or on nachos or something… Sorry your dinner wasn’t what you were imagining!


8 Eileen July 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm

dance class gets more fun each week! glad you found some shoes! :)


9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm

At least it was pretty…? Bring your shoes tomorrow and dance for me!


10 Cait's Plate July 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Oh what a bummer it wasn’t good. It looks DELICIOUS! I had a chicken sausage tonight that just didn’t do it for me so I feel ya – it’s always so disappointing when food looks good but just doesn’t taste quite right….


11 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Dangit! At least Matt felt that it was a success! ….Every day I please my Matt’s mouth is a good day in my book! :)


12 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Well I think this dinner looks delicious!

And I love chocolate avocado pudding — sorry to hear you didn’t like it. I could eat it every day and not get sick of it.


13 Sandy July 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

What a relief to find that all of your meals don’t turn out perfectly. I hate it when I try something new and it just doesn’t hit the spot or have the taste I expected at all. When you get through with all of the preparation and anticipation of dinner and are left disappointed it seems you never quite feel satisfied.


14 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Well if your dinner was going by looks alone and POP of the rainbow bright colors, you’d get an A+

“These was also a new kind of tempeh (from Twin Oaks) and I didn’t really care for the flavor. It was almost sour?”-
Overly fermented. That’s what can be tricky about tempeh. Or any fermented medium. You go a little too far and you get vinegar in the case of kombucha or kefir, and with tempeh… get sourness.

The pomegranate salsa..I’d just eat that with a spoon!

And your backlink to the chocolate avo pudding. I made avocado chocolate mousse I call it. No banana. TONS of agave and cocoa powder and vanilla. As much as your food proc or Vita can handle. That’s when you know it’s sweet and chocolatey enough :)


15 Stef @ Living HI July 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Chocolate tortilla chips? What brand are they, I have never seen/heard of them.


16 KathEats July 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Food Should Taste Good!


17 Stef @ Living HI July 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Thanks, I had to read that about 10 times to realize that that was the brand name and not some statement about food, lol!


18 Kaci July 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I’m obsessed with tempeh! I can eat it straight out of the package!! :)


19 KathEats July 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Me too – but not this kind!


20 Kristen @ Change of Pace July 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Oh girl I do that all the time! I really try to be creative but a lot of times my flavors are off. I need more practice I think. You must have read the same magazine that I did for the chocolate avocado pudding. It was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever made. SO disappointing! :(


21 Janelle July 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I think there has been too much of an effort to infuse chocolate into everything these days – in my book, it belongs in pudding, ice cream, cookies, brownies, and cake…and that is about it. Not so much with avocado and tortilla chips. Pretzels is about as exotic as I get with the chocolate.


22 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio July 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I’ve totally been there. Some days I think my creativity will translate on a dinner plate and yeah, I fail, lol. Other days, it totally works… like the beans I made tonight (so random). At least your had yummy yummy fruit!


23 Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots July 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I had Not Nachos for dinner tonight too, although I think they were a bit more tame than yours. I only had stale tortilla chips, and decided to top them with snobby joe mix, tomato, onion, and cheese. Actually turned out pretty good!


24 kaila @ healthy helper! July 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Well even if they didnt taste good….they look fabulous!!!!


25 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I made avacodo/choc pudding once and HATED it!! my sister loved it and ate it ALL. I refuse to make it again haha :)


26 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Thank You! Finally someone said the avocado chocolate pudding actually was gross! Sorry dinner wasn’t so great. At least Matt liked it!


27 Bee Goes Bananas July 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I’ve never heard of avocado chocolate pudding…hmmm!


28 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee July 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I have weird tastebuds so your dinner looks delicious to me!!!! :)


29 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats July 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Sorry your meal failed but as a reader I appreciate the fact that you’re food isn’t always perfect either! Fail Food sucks!!


30 staceyhealthylife July 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm

That’s too bad about dinner. It looks tasty and sounds like an ok combination, but sometimes things just don’t come together as you expect them to.


31 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman July 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

avocado chocolate pudding?!! i missed that post! your nachos look good even though they didn’t taste great:)


32 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Sorry the flavor combo was a disappointment! Hate when that happens. :( But at least you know for next time. :)


33 Amy* July 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm

If you like pomegranate salsa, I bet you’d like cranberry salsa. My mom works for a company in Texas, The Festive Kitch, that sells tons of it every fall. Deelish!*


34 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I tend to do that with nachos sometimes, just keep throwing things on but then the flavors get weird. Still looks delicious even if it didn’t taste that way!


35 Hannah July 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Ah well, at least the appetizer and dessert were good!


36 lynn @ the actor's diet July 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm

it’s funny how different our taste buds are, huh? there are so many things i like my husband doesn’t and vice versa!


37 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm

“If you like it by itself you’ll like it combined with other things”–that’s my philosophy as well. It has worked out for me so far, but I am inclined to believe that it’s because my husband is a very non-picky eater, and I try the really adventurous stuff out on him first!


38 Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Chocolate tortilla chips??? Sounds interesting! Maybe TJ’s will have them?


39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Those chips are the jam! Love them dipped in cookie dough hummus :)


40 Sonya July 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

Cookie dough hummus??!! Can you share details, I’m very intrigued!


41 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Here’s a recipe- it’s really simple and delicious!

Enjoy :)


42 Brandy July 27, 2011 at 2:03 am

Yay! Glad they fit and finally will get some use :)


43 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 27, 2011 at 3:21 am

It looks really pretty! And I love how you’re writing on the deck :)


44 Khushboo July 27, 2011 at 3:49 am

I wish I loved tempeh! I tried it the other day for the first time and can’t decide whether or not I’m a fan. Have you tried quark? That’s another great sour cream substitution…or cottage cheese even!


45 KathEats July 27, 2011 at 6:22 am

I’ve never heard of that!


46 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

I’ve heard of quark… it is German, I think? A soft cheese/cheese spread…?



47 Khushboo July 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

Yup a soft cheese spread but relatively lower in calories and fat then regular cream cheese


48 Jumanah (Healthy Living in the Middle East) July 27, 2011 at 5:53 am

At least it still looks delicious- even if it didnt taste like it! Sorry you were a bit disappointed.


49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

Pomegranate salsa? Interesting! That was brave of you to try it with that meal! Maybe it would taste good with grilled chicken?


50 Lee @ in the pink of condition July 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

I used to dance, and I really miss it. I was terrible at ballet, but I was pretty good at tap and jazz. You have inspired me to take another class! :-)


51 Erika @ The Teenage Taste July 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

Now I have a craving for nachos!
Mmmmm… :-)


52 allpointswhole July 27, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’ve totally made that pudding as well, lol. Nachos looked tasty anyway!


53 rumfunandsun July 27, 2011 at 7:59 am

Chocolate tortilla chips? What brand and do you know if they are gluten free?


54 KathEats July 27, 2011 at 8:13 am

They’re Food Should Taste Good


55 Caroline @ The G-Spot July 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

They are gluten-free! And so are their sweet potato, olive, multigrain and cheddar cheese ones. (Can you tell I’m obsessed?!) :)


56 Molly @ RDexposed July 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

Does that gross fake nacho cheese gross anyone else out, too?


57 Hillary July 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

Chocolate, pomegranate, tempeh?! Hey, at least you think of putting things together that I would never consider!


58 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

Hah, flop recipes are sometimes a blessing in disguise 😛 I think it looks delicious!


59 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites July 27, 2011 at 8:24 am

Hahaha this post made me laugh because this has totally happened to me before! Where you envision dinner one way and because of unforeseen factors it turns out to be something completely random and not necessarily in a good way. Props though for using what you had on hand in such a creative way. I am TERRIBLE about using up stuff we have in the fridge. I’m trying to learn to be less wasteful… you’re certainly a good role model for that! Too bad to hear about the avocado chocolate pudding! That was something I had on the back burner to make sometime soon. I hope that I like it!


60 Sonya July 27, 2011 at 8:29 am

Mellow Mushroom makes a tempeh sub sandwich that is amazing. Yet, when I try to incorporate tempeh into a meal at home, it never works right.


61 Sarah@The Flying ONION July 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

Too bad your salad didn’t taste as good as it looks! I hate when that happens.

These pictures are so colorful though, I’m loving it! 😀


62 Kristi @ Hiding in Honduras July 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

Sometimes I have a hard time believing that some of the combos you come up with taste good (but I trust you)….sorry this one didn’t work out!


63 Christin July 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

Oh wow…you just inspired me to make similar nachos tonight for dinner…that looks delicious!!


64 Pete July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

What a nice dish.


65 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I keep trying to like tempeh, but I always find it kind of sour and one-note too.

At least now I know chocolate tortilla chips aren’t the answer..haha

Sorry you weren’t happy with dinner! The way I see it, that just means dessert will have to be extra good 😉


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